Superior Energy Performance™ (SEP) establishes a high standard in energy management and performance, and SEP certification validates your commitment to energy efficiency by verifying your achieved energy savings using an ANSI-ANAB Accredited Verification body. This third-party verification provides independent confirmation of energy performance achievements and commitment to managing energy use. Currently, SEP is the only national certification program offering this level of rigor and credibility to industrial facilities through accredited third-party verification of sustained energy performance improvements.
ANSI-ANAB accredited Verification Bodies will select SEP Lead Auditors and Performance Verifiers to audit a facility interested in SEP certification. The Verification Body will determine whether the facility meets SEP requirements using a two-stage audit process for initial certification.
Verification Bodies for SEP must be accredited by ANSI-ANAB and be recognized by the SEP Program Administrator (U.S. Department of Energy) as qualified to certify a facility. All SEP-recognized Verification Bodies will be listed on the SEP website
SEP Verification Bodies are required to conform to the ANSI/MSE 50028 standard and obtain ANSI-ANAB accreditation. All ANSI-ANAB Accredited Verification Bodies must sign a SEP trademark licensing agreement with the SEP Administrator (DOE) to become an authorized SEP Verification Body.
ANSI/MSE 50028 specifies the principles and requirements for bodies that undertake verification of energy performance and energy management systems. ANSI/MSE 50028 is based on ISO 17021 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems and was developed by the Georgia Tech Energy & Environmental Center (GTEEMC), an ANSI-accredited standards development organization. ANSI/MSE 50028 is available for purchase from the ANSI Webstore.
The following organizations are authorized to certify facilities to SEP. To be listed here, a Verification Body must 1) be ANSI-ANAB accredited or ready to conduct a witness audit, and 2) executed an SEP trademark licensing agreement with the SEP Administrator (DOE).
Applicants are conformity assessment bodies that have applied for ANSI-ANAB accreditation and have conducted an SEP conformity assessment audit with an ANSI-ANAB assessment team. Participation in a “witness assessment” is required to become an SEP Verification Body. Industrial facilities applying to SEP may work with these applicants as part of seeking SEP certification. SEP certifications resulting from the witness assessments are valid.
“External verification and validation is critical. Certification adds to the confidence in calculations and savings.” — Nissan, Smyrna, TN
“The verification was more important than the management standard because it provides a performance metric. SEP provides the ability to have proven performance metrics to quantify actual savings, giving both internal and external credibility to savings claims.” — Volvo Trucks, Dublin, VA
“Third-party certification removes any potential of “green washing” and provides credibility to savings.” — General Dynamics, Scranton, PA
“At first, we didn’t appreciate the value of third party verification, but our facility has evolved to value third party verification as critical. Any facility can claim energy savings, but a third party verification proves the savings to be real.” — Schneider Electric, Smyrna, TN
Interested conformity assessment bodies may apply for SEP accreditation and request pricing information and program agreements. Contact Program Director Ann Bowles at (202) 331-3620 or email@example.com. Learn more about the joint ANSI-ANAB application process.
ANSI-ANAB is the only accreditation body that can issue accreditation to a Superior Energy Performance Verification Body. The ANSI-ANAB accreditation procedure for Verification Bodies for SEP consists of the following steps: